The price of salt

Patricia Highsmith, 1921-1995

Book - 2004

From the Publisher: "I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store ...day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.

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Published
New York : W.W. Norton 2004, c1990.
Language
English
Item Description
"First published in the USA by The Naiad Press, Tallahassee, FL, in 1952 ... first published as a Norton paperback 2004"--T.p. verso.
"Published in Great Britain under the title Carol."--T.p. verso.
Physical Description
262 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780393325997
0393325997
Main Author
Patricia Highsmith, 1921-1995 (-)
Other Authors
Claire Morgan, 1921-1995 (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Trapped in a boring, dead-end day job in a department store, stage designer Therese Belivet finds her life forever changed when she encounters--and falls in love with--Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the midst of a divorce.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Trapped in a boring, dead-end day job in a department store, stage designer Therese Belivet finds her life forever changed when she encounters--and falls in love with--Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the midst of a divorce, as they set out on a cross-country odyssey, pursued by a private investigator who forces Carol into choosing between her daughter and her lover. Reprint. 13,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic.Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, The Price of Salt (or Carol) tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany—the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. The Price of Salt is a brilliantly written story that may surprise Highsmith fans and will delight those discovering her work.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A great American writer…Highsmith's writing is wicked…it puts a spell on you." —Entertainment Weekly

Review by Publisher Summary 5

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